£52m Science Industry Partnership celebrates one year success
The science industries’ £52-million skills and talent initiative, the Science Industry Partnership (SIP) – facilitated by Cogent Skills – has surpassed 2,000 new people being trained as the initiative reaches its first anniversary this month.
That includes a range of employers in the life sciences sector now benefiting from Government investment for people development and training designed by and for employers in the sector.
Forty-five per cent of these learners are working in the Life Sciences sector while% are working in Industrial Sciences including chemicals, industrial biotechnology, polymers and advanced materials and coatings.
The total investment is comprised of a £32.6-million Government contribution, £20 million from employers, and £31 million employer in-kind contributions – including time and resources.
The SIP board – led by GlaxoSmithKline , along with representatives from other leading science sector companies – are now urging organisations not yet participating in the employer-led skills initiative to start the process in this new financial year, as co-funding available via the SIP pilot will end in March 2016.